Fundraiser “Unity of Purpose” PCEA NEEMA Church,Lowell Massachusetts raises $360,000 in aid of acquiring our own space for worship
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What a noble accomplishment Sunday 12-13-2015 at PCEA NEEMA Church,Lowell,Massachusetts where over 900 faithfuls gathered to heed the call of building or purchasing a Sanctuary/place or worship for the lord.
“We had over 500 guest of honors,22 guests from other Churches in new England, 44 Guests from various districts and every member of PCEA NEEMA was a guest of honor.” said the Church Treasurer in his final remarks before announcing the finale figure contributed.
PCEA Neema Church Lowell,for the first time in history raised over $208,000 dollars within a couple of hours.
Total net amount raised at the event including pledges that have been honored was $360,000 dollars,to God be the Glory. The event was graced by Mr & Mrs Elder Sophia Mburu who is the Director of mission & Evangelism in PCEA Head office( Kenya)
It was a very lively service attended by over 900 people. Members and guests song praises and contributed from their hearts.
In what will probably be the largest amount of money raised in a single sitting here in the Boston area by a Kenyan Church, PCEA Neema Church was able to raise a total amount of over $360,000 towards their project of purchasing a space of worship. Preaching from the book of Nehemiah 2:1-18 the pastor of the church, Rev. Dr. Karimi called on the members to “Rise up and build….” (v.18). This he said, also happens to be the theme of PCEA’s General Assembly.
Members were jubilant and all hopeful that now the church will be able to acquire their own independent place of worship.
In the final analysis, this was a moment of glory. We honor God for being with us and granting us the favor we have witnessed. Above everything else, God has made us united as PCEA Neema family and caused us this “Unity of Purpose”.
Speaking to Cathy Wachira who lives in Randolph and drives over one hour to attend PCEA NEEMA Lowell said “the Fundraiser was glorious and indeed a historic Kenyan church fundraiser where people from all over New England gathered and gave cheerfully to the work of the lord.”
She further said that “PCEA Neema has set a good example of parishioners who give generously without being coerced or pushed.”
The well organized,afternoon fundraiser went on smoothly with joyful worship songs and unity displayed in all areas of representation.The able Mc/ emcee of the event was Mr.Stephen Kanyoni who made the event fun and lively was also assisted by the Church Treasurer Mr.William Mungai.
Rev Karimi would like to take this very early opportunity to thank everyone who participated in one way or the other to make the exercise a success.Special thanks to all and especially to all our Guests,Fundraising Commitee Chair Salome Njoroge and Joseph Nganga Session Clerk and everyone who participated in one way or the other to make the Fundraiser colorful and successful.
PCEA Neema members have prayed and fasted over the same, sacrificed a lot of their time and resources, and reached out to one another for this to be the way it was.
Speaking to Betty Ndegwa who lives in Worcester,Massachussetts and was a guest of honor at the event ,said “that the extra ordinary and amazing thing about PCEA Neema Church is that the Members are warm and welcoming,so friendly and that she has never seen so many men serve in ministry as compared to other Churches who are mostly women who serve” During praise and worship,people are free to jump and dance praising the lord,making it an awesome place of worship.She keenly noted every one has their place in Church,the children also get to lead and serve during service and surely shows that the ones who work with in children ministry do a good job,this was huge and other Churches should embrace this.”
A vote of thanks also go out to all our friends and supporters, many of whom accepted our requests to be Guests of honor. They did not fail us but rose to the occasion in their contributions.
For all the Pastors present and the Churches that were represented and/or sent their contributions, words fail us. May the Lord bless all of you who played however insignificant a role it may seem. Let us all be true to Nehemiah’s lesson; that this is about God not about anyone. May the Lord bless you and multiply your resources a hundred fold. Many thanks to all.